Day of the Dead - New York City - 2014

Day of the Dead - New York City - 2014

Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders


Day of the Dead

Tribute to

María Félix and Octavio Paz

Celebrating their life and legacy

Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 10am to 6pm
Sunday, November 2, 2014, from 1 to 6pm

St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery

131 E 10th St (at Second Ave.), New York, NY 10003

Free event and open to the public

Join us for our annual Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) celebration in New York City. The tradition is rooted in the native Mexican belief that life on earth is a preparation for the next world and of the importance of maintaining a strong relationship to the dead. Come and remember your own departed loved-ones and bring copies of photographs, and marigold flowers to adorn our community Altar throughout the celebration. The event will be in the churchyard of St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery.

Event highlights:

On Saturday November 1

—  Join us for the altar building and offering from 10 to 12pm

—  Join the Procession for the Innocents in remembrance of the victims of injustice leaving from Union Square at 2pm.

On Sunday, November 2

—  Special presentation by Ariles de Nueva York as part of the Fandango in Honor of All the Dead, which will be held simultaneously this weekend in cities around the world.

—  Stay for a poetry reading followed by the closing with Mariachi music. 

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Mexican food and crafts available for purchase throughout the event!


About Maria Felix and Octavio Paz

"Only two people in Mexico have said everything they felt like it: Maria Felix and Octavio Paz"
  - Elena Poniatowska

Maria de los Angeles Felix Güereña was born in Alamos, Sonora on April 8, 1914 and died on her 88th birthday on April 8, 2002. She was one of the biggest movie stars in Mexico. She became a star in the 1940s and was known as "La Doña," after her character in Doña Bárbara (1943). Her love life was as newsworthy as her film appearances. She is also known as Maria Bonita, thanks to the anthem composed for her by Agustin Lara. Her film career included 47 films made in Mexico, Spain, France, Italy and Argentina. She was recognized as one of the most beautiful women of her time.

“Maria was born twice: her parents gave birth to her and she then invented herself." – Octavio Paz

Octavio Paz was born in Mexico City in 1914. He was a poet, writer, essayist and Mexican diplomat. In 1990 he received the Nobel Prize for Literature. At age 17, he published his first poems in the magazine Barandal (1931). In 1933 he published Luna Silvestre and in 1936 ¡No pasarán! He then co-founded and directed the magazine Taller (1939) and Hijo pródigo (1943). In the 1950s published four major books: Libertad bajo palabra (1949), El laberinto de la soledad (1950), ¿Águila o sol (1951) and El arco y la lira (1956). Octavio Paz is considered one of the greatest writers of the Twentieth Century and one of the most important Latin American poets in history.

About Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead has been one of Mexico’s most important festivals since Pre-Hispanic times.  It is a time for families to gather and welcome the souls of the dead on their annual visit home.  Cempasúchil (marigold) flowers, burning copal incense, fresh pan de muertos bread, candles, sugar skulls, photographs and mementos of the departed adorn special altars.  In Mexico, Day of the Dead is celebrated over an entire week with the preparation of altars, foods, dance, music and special offerings for people who have died.  Mano a Mano recreates the magical space of a village churchyard during the celebration and has organized a series of events including altar building, workshops, dance, poetry and music.

For photos and updates during the event, please visit our  Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @ManoaManoMexico. 

About the name change from Día de Los Muertos to Día de Muertos

You may have noticed that in the past two years Mano a Mano has dropped the article los from our Día de los Muertos. Traditionally this celebration in Mexico is known as Dia de Muertos. In the United States when Day of the Dead is translated into Spanish the becomes los and it’s incorporated into the name.  The article los is not used in Spanish and therefore we have decided to use the more common and traditional name in Spanish, Día de Muertos.

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How to Get There

Subway: 6 to Astor Place, N/R to 8th Street, NYU, L to 3rd Avenue, F to Second Avenue, or any train to Union Square

6 to Astor Place, N/R to 8th Street, NYU, L to 3rd Avenue, F - See more at:

Bus: M8, M15, M101, M102, M103.

Accessibility: This event is wheelchair accessible.     


          NYSCA      DCA

Support for Day of the Dead is provided in part by: the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.



Special thanks to the staff of St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery for their support and materials provided by Materials for the Arts.


Proud to be part of PAMAR' s 9th Annual Latin American Cultural Week in NYC


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